The Lighter Side of Life

Humour is known to lift the mood, enhance connection between people and increase feelings of positive emotion. While it can include more obvious things like telling jokes and making others laugh, it also involves being able to look for the fun in everyday events and not taking yourself, or others, too seriously. Some people are […]

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Well-being Activities for Children

Developing the character and emotional confidence of children is key to a happy and healthy child. Below are some of my favourite simple activities that can be used to promote child well-being. They work well at school, and with a little adaptation, could be equally as useful at home. All of them work even better […]

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Optimism

This picture is often used to start a discussion. Is the glass half empty or half full? Is it both? What’s your gut tell you and does this really reveal anything about your personality?  Optimism You might know someone (or be someone) who people often notice for their positive take on situations. When something goes […]

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Sustainable Happiness

So, what’s your view on the quotes above? What are our needs today and how do they differ from our wants? What’s a ‘good’ life? Should we be worrying about ‘future generations’ or should we be living for the now? In my experience, many people have different answers to these questions; if you bring this […]

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Explore Your Passions

After learning more about work well-being the other week, I was reminded of my friend Louella who has made well-being a priority in both her work and home life. I met Lou when we worked in the UAE as part of the team opening a new school. It quickly became clear that she was an […]

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Pleasure

HAPPINESS Happiness is often thought of and talked about as if it’s an end goal, something that we’re pursuing and hoping to find or eventually achieve. Once we have it, the hope is it’ll remain for good. Of course, life experience tells us otherwise.  Happiness comes and goes and the things that create it at […]

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Pathways to Well-being

Subjective Well-Being (SWB) In the last post about well-being, we saw that the terms ‘happiness’ and ‘well-being’ are often used interchangeably to describe feelings such as joy, contentment and a sense that life is meaningful within positive psychology. What generates these feelings in our lives is unique to us. SWB = satisfaction with life + […]

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